Uber app to offer public transport tickets

Uber CEO Says Self-Driving Cars Are 'Student Drivers'

A man examines a vehicle at an Uber recruitment event in March 2016 in Los Angeles.

What about driverless cars? But the incident raised questions not only about the capabilities of autonomous vehicles, but also about Uber's safety culture.

The ride-hailer has made a decision to branch out into public transit, auto rental, and biking. However, Uber told CNN earlier this year it started running screenings on drivers every two years in mid-2017. Uber responded with a petition drive that quickly garnered thousands of signatures opposing the move. "It requires sustained investment, it requires big investments, and it's something we're very much behind". If true, it would undercut many cities' traffic and environmental goals, and it may be one reason for widespread drops in transit ridership. "Autonomous at adulthood will undoubtedly be more safer". Khosrowshahi simultaneously came across as polished and humble while employing a charm offensive that has seemingly worked well for him during an apology tour of sorts as Uber tries to rehabilitate its image with customers and government authorities around the world. But its drivers have been accused of sexually harassing passengers, and the company is facing a possible class action lawsuit filed by women who say Uber drivers raped, assaulted, or kidnapped them. That service will be offered beginning later this month - but only in San Francisco for now, Uber said. "That is the package that we think is the most fair - that hits property owners, it hits visitors, it hits residents and it hits the ride-sharing services - that we think is best for the city".

The fact that Jump uses e-bikes adds another wrinkle to all of that, because, in many states, electrically powered bikes are regulated as motorcycles or motor vehicles. They are even spending millions of dollars for the same.

On Wednesday, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi appeared in Washington with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D, to announce a suite of new initiatives aimed at positioning the ride-hailing app as a one-stop shop for urban mobility. Other Jump competitors, like Ofo and LimeBike, are, like Uber, heavily backed by venture capital firms.




Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber ( @dkhos ) writing this week around these announcements: "Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a auto".

Almost 80 percent of those polled said having access to public transportation was essential in choosing where to live, and 78% said having transit close to where they live was important - advantages that outweigh things like an office gym, cafeteria, coffee bar, or proximity to restaurants and nightlife.

Until now only Uber has been able to use that information.

The organization declared a partnership with Masabi, an public transit mobile startup. These include Boston, Portland, New Jersey and Washington.

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